From Prototype to Finished Game - Photo Comparisons of Well-Known Games
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This Geeklist is inspired by a recent Art in Prototypes thread. The basic question (and one that comes up fairly frequently among new designers) was "How much effort should be put into the art for a prototype before it gets submitted to publishers?" There are various answers to that question of course (and I'd encourage you to reply to the original thread with yours) but it prompted an interesting journey through the BGG image gallery.

This Geeklist provides some side-by-side image comparisons of original prototypes and the now-familiar games that they became.
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26. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:599]
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27. Board Game: König von Siam [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:635]
Peer Sylvester
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28. Board Game: Royal Palace [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:686]
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29. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:676]
 
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The prototype :


The published game, european edition :


The published game, US edition :
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30. Board Game: Revolution! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:737]
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Not yet published, but development quite obvious already:


Playtest copy at BGG.CON

...to be continued with the final art ...
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31. Board Game: Assyria [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:805]
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The prototype :


The published game :
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32. Board Game: Felix: The Cat in the Sack [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:793]
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33. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:840]
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The prototype :


The first edition of the game :


The published game :
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34. Board Game: Galactic Emperor [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1043]
A. B. West
United States
Beech Grove
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Early prototype II (but not the first):

...then prototype III...

...and the final product
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35. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1086]
Jaroslaw Kuczynski
Poland
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36. Board Game: Senji [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1273]
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The prototype (LO5R version, I think):


The published game :

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37. Board Game: Talisman [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1287]
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Prototype of Talisman - or Necromancer as it was known originally!


Which became this little beauty...



...and now this!
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38. Board Game: Municipium [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1347]
 
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39. Board Game: Antics! [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:1393]
Daniel Danzer
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The designers sent out graphics and rules with assembly instructions for a PnP playtest version using "Ingenious" tiles.
The board has the same topology, but looks quite a bit different in the published game ...


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40. Board Game: Opera [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1431]
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41. Board Game: Jerusalem [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1505]
Michele Mura
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From the first sketch of the board to the final version:





Here on BGN you can find more info and also images of the first prototype:
http://www.boardgamenews.com/index.php/boardgamenews/comment...
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42. Board Game: Gonzaga [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1512]
Silvano Sorrentino
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Bari
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One of the latest prototypes, using flat cardboard fiefs yuk , a different scoretrack and cards showing 3D pieces:


An image of the boxed game:
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43. Board Game: Kill Doctor Lucky [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:1682]
Gerry Paquette
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Ottawa
Ontario
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44. Board Game: Viktory II [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1754]
Gerry Paquette
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Early play test vewrsion using spare Settler hexes along with Axis & Allies pieces.





There's a wonderfully detailed description of the design & manufacturing process on game's website:

http://www.viktorygame.com/viktoryiihistory/
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45. Board Game: It's Alive! [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:1843]
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46. Board Game: Pony Express [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1834]
bruno faidutti
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The prototype (with designer Antoine Bauza and publisher Philippe Nourah):


The published game :
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47. Board Game: Basilica [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1864]
Lukasz Pogoda
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Picture below shows two very, very early prototypes, one cancelled offspring, and working prototype from the beginning of the final development.



This picture shows final stable prototype (2008/2009) that was sent to publishers and finally acquired by Rebel, just before introduction of the lastest development changes.



This photo shows almost final prototype, all the final changes to the mechanics, introduced by Ignacy Trzewiczek, are in. The board is still in working form (it was cut down in production to smallest possible size).



Now, the game components look like that. It is done!

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48. Board Game: Caribbean [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:1887]
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A very underrated game, and an old favorite :

The prototype :


The published game :
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49. Board Game: D-Day Dice: Free Trial Version [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2376]
Emmanuel Aquin
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Mont-Saint-Hilaire
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My game's not well-known (it's only a little print-and-play), but here is its prototype:



And the final product:

 


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50. Board Game: Airborne In Your Pocket: Free Trial Version [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:2727]
Rogério de Leon Pereira
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Maringa
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Prototype


Final version
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